Switch to English Language Passer en langue française Omschakelen naar Nederlandse Taal Wechseln Sie zu deutschen Sprache Passa alla lingua italiana
Members: 68,649   Posts: 1,481,292   Online: 791
      
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    White Lake, Ontario.
    Shooter
    ULarge Format
    Posts
    342

    Off-camera flash suggestions?

    Here at work (semiconductor engineering firm) I need a powerful off-camera battery-powered flash with umbrella on a tripod that can be set off by the on-board flash of a camera (Nikon D1.... no film... sorry).

    This is to photograph such things a DVD players, cell phones, TVs and such.
    I do not want to go with a full-fledge strobe due to mobility, need for AC and cost. I need something "unplugged" and easy to move around.

    Any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Jeremy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Denton, TX
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    2,767
    Images
    56
    If you have a big budget for this I would suggest the JTL Mobilight

    http://www.adorama.com/JTDL220MK.html

    Quite small and use a battery, not a cord. If these are too big or expensive you might try some Vivitar 283's--manual flashes with a good punch (I have a couple for sale with quantum batteries if you're interested).
    Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!

    blog
    website

  3. #3
    bjorke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    SF & Surrounding Planet
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    2,032
    Images
    20
    Nikon makes wireless TTL units, don't they? Canon and Minolta do..... D-TTL with an SB-26? (Sorry, Nikon #'s elude me -- but I have the Canon wireless unit, it works great)

    "What Would Zeus Do?"
    KBPhotoRantPhotoPermitAPUG flickr Robot

  4. #4
    bmac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    Posts
    2,156
    Images
    9
    Quantum Q-Flash with a light stand and softbox. Can't go wrong with it. I don;t know what your finished photos are for, but a softbox is going to give you nicer looking light than an umbrella.
    hi!

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    White Lake, Ontario.
    Shooter
    ULarge Format
    Posts
    342
    Quote Originally Posted by bmac
    Quantum Q-Flash with a light stand and softbox. Can't go wrong with it. I don;t know what your finished photos are for, but a softbox is going to give you nicer looking light than an umbrella.
    This looks very interesting indeed, this Q-Flash. I will definetely look into this one further. Pics are for Client's reports on items we take apart and reverse-engineer for them.

    Thanks for the suggestion Brian.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Montgomery, Il/USA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    4,808
    Daniel:
    Since you're using the digicam, you're going to want to be sure the trigger voltage is safe for the camera. <6V. To be safe I'd suggest either a wireless controller or a Wein Safe-sync.

  7. #7
    rbarker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    2,222
    Images
    2
    A couple of additional options to think about. Metz also makes several models of battery-operated units with fairly high light outputs, which makes them more suitable for use with modifiers like softboxes or umbrellas. If you need light levels that are more similar to studio lighting, you might consider the Alien Bees line of studio strobes. There is a battery pack available for them which makes them quite useful for location work. A couple of other studio strobe makers have similar on-location battery packs, as well.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

    Ralph Barker
    Rio Rancho, NM

  8. #8
    Ole
    Ole is offline
    Ole's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Bergen, Norway
    Shooter
    Large Format
    Posts
    9,280
    Blog Entries
    1
    Images
    31
    HAMA makes a simple slave unit with hotshoe and PC connetors. The unit is set off by another flash, and triggers flash #2. I have used this with a Vivitar 238 and a Metz 45 - works every time.
    -- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
    Norway

  9. #9
    Ed Sukach's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    4,520
    Images
    26
    When you say, "Fired by the on-camera flash" you are defining the use of a "slave", plugged into the flash unit and fired by the on-camera flash, with *no* hard connection - therefore synch circuit current/ voltage does not come into play. That should be, simply, *no* problem ... one can use a variety of accessory "Slave triggers", and plug them into anything, from a very small battery-operated flash unit to a VERY large Studio unit.

    The question would lie with the in-camera flash system itself... would the firing of an external flash synchronize properly? Would the in-camera flash control system/ exposure system get all "confused"? If it is possible to set exposure and the flash itself on "Manual" - I would expect no problem - from there...

    The "Peanut"-sized slave triggers are relatively inexpensive ... I'd buy one and give it a try with a borrowed - existing ... flash unit before I became too involved.
    Carpe erratum!!

    Ed Sukach, FFP.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    6
    If you go with the peanut slave (I use them in a like application and they work well), be sure to get the 'digital' variety. The digital type will ignore the pre-flash used by most digital cameras.

    Gene Farley

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast


 

APUG PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Contact Us  |  Support Us!  |  Advertise  |  Site Terms  |  Archive  —   Search  |  Mobile Device Access  |  RSS  |  Facebook  |  Linkedin